Division of Emergency Medical Services



Lifepact critical care physicians and paramedics transport critically ill adult and pediatric patients  from other health care facilities throughout Southern New England





Kenneth Williams, MD: Division DirectorKenneth Williams, MD: Division DirectorThe mission of the Division of Emergency Medical Services is to provide exceptional emergency medical services care, education, research, and service to the people of Rhode Island and beyond.  

We seek to promote the health and integrity of the emergency care system through our research and our work in the field and communities.  

Kenneth Williams, MD, is the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services. Other faculty include Francis Sullivan, MD; Joseph Lauro, MD; and EMS Fellow Brian Choi, MD. 


  • Fellowship: We offer a 2-year ACGME approved fellowship in EMS, with an MPH through Brown University.
  • We offer critical care transport training opportunities for our fellows, residents, medical students, EMS students and others in cooperation with LifePACT
  • Residency EMS curriculum:  All EM residents are required to do an EMS rotation.  The rotation consists of didactic sessions, development of an oral presentation, and critical care transport shifts.  
  • Medical students are offered mentorship, and a course in wilderness medicine.
  • Pre-med and medical student mentoring, doctoring course, scholarly concentration, and community health activities
  • GISP Evidence-Based EMS
  • In partnership with LifePACT, we offer highly regarded and high quality EMS education including clinical opportunities, simulation, didactic sessions and case review sessions for EMS providers.


  • Rhode Island disaster initiative (1999-2005, completed)
  • TATRC pre-deployment military teamwork training (completed)
  • Can adult emergency department patients self-triage?
  • The impact of volunteer companions on adult patient experience in the emergency department.
  • A proposed definition for saving a life in EMS and Emergency Care
  • Trans-nasal Narcan for opiate overdose: Study on the possible benefits of using a novel Narcan preparation in the prehospital setting for opiate overdose.